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Exclusive: Penny Dreadful star Josh Hartnett is in talks to star in A Moment to Remember, an indie drama to be directed by Ben Lewin (The Sessions). Lewin penned the screenplay with Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) about a young woman who falls in love with a brusque but sweet man, but their marriage is destroyed after she develops a rare case of early-onset Alzheimer’s. Production is set to begin in November. Jena Malone joined in May as the female lead and remains… »
Examining the dangerous aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small Southern town, Shots Fired is a dramatic new event series that is a “why done it?” and a “who done it?” From Gina Prince-Bythewood (“Beyond the Lights,” “The Secret Life of Bees,” “Love & Basketball”) and Reggie Rock Bythewood (“Beyond the Lights,” “Notorious”), the 10-hour event series is an explosive look at the criminal justice system. When an African-American police officer kills an unarmed white college student, a small town in North Carolina is turned upside-down. Before the town has a chance to grapple with this tragedy, the neglected murder of an African-American teen is brought to light, re-opening wounds that threaten to tear the town apart. Leading »
- Amie Cranswick
Fox has released the first trailers for the network’s 2016-17 lineup of shows, including revivals of “Prison Break” and “24,” adaptations of “Lethal Weapon” and “The Exorcist,” the latest musical drama from “Empire” creator Lee Daniels, and more.
Based on the hit movie franchise of the same name, “Lethal Weapon” follows iconic cop duo Riggs and Murtaugh, as they work a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles. From the moment the brash and impulsive Martin Riggs (Clayne Crawford, “Rectify”) meets prudent, by-the-book Roger Murtaugh (Emmy Award nominee Damon Wayans, Sr., “My Wife and Kids,” “In Living Color”), it seems as if this partnership is doomed. But after their first case together, both realize this arrangement might just work out after all – if Riggs doesn’t get them killed first.
Widely regarded as the greatest horror movie ever made, “The Exorcist” terrified audiences around the world. »
- Laura Prudom
Deadline is reporting that Paul Rudd has signed on to star in The Catcher Was a Spy, a World War II thriller from director Ben Lewin (The Sessions), which is based upon the bestselling book from Nicholas Dawidoff, with Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan) penning the script.
Rudd will play Moe Berg, an Ivy League graduate and attorney who spent 15 years as a journeyman player in Major League Baseball for the likes of the New York Robins and Chicago White Sox whilst doubling as a spy for the Office of Strategic Services, helping the Americans win the race against Germany to build the Atomic Bomb.
- Gary Collinson
The Catcher Was a Spy: Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) will star as Moe Berg in The Catcher Was a Spy. It's based on a popular book by Nicholas Dawidoff that told the true story of a professional baseball player who led a double life as a spy for the U.S. during World War II. Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan) wrote the screenplay; Ben Lewin (The Sessions) will direct. [Deadline] The First Omen: A prequel to 1976's The Omen is in the works. The original starred Gregory Peck as an American ambassador in Europe whose adopted son Damien may be the son of the Devil. It spawned two sequels and a remake, as well as a TV series that is currently airing. Ben Jacoby wrote the script for the prequel script, The First Omen. Antonio Campos is in negotiations to direct...
- Peter Martin
When assuming the high profile mantle of a beloved superhero, it is important for an actor to balance these franchise instalments with work of a very different kind, in order to remain relevant and sustain a career beyond spandex. This seems to be a lesson that Ant-Man’s Paul Rudd is taking seriously – not least with the news that he has been cast as the lead in the upcoming period drama, The Catcher Was A Spy.
Adapted by Academy Award nominee Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan) from the bestselling 1994 book, The Catcher Was A Spy: The Mysterious Life Of Moe Berg by Nicholas Dawidoff, the film will be directed by Ben Lewin (The Sessions), and will feature Paul Rudd in the role of Moe Berg – linguist, lawyer, baseball player and spy. The story tells the tale of an extraordinary life, which saw Berg born in New York City in »
- Sarah Myles
Paul Rudd doesn’t have to wear Ant-Man’s suit to save the world. He’ll next take on life-saving missions onscreen in the film adaptation of The Catcher Was a Spy. The 1994 book is a biography of real-life spy Moe Berg, who worked for the Office of Strategic Services, a forerunner of the CIA, during World War II. Deadline reported this casting news today. Berg is also the only Major League ballplayer whose baseball card is on display at the CIA headquarters — he was a catcher for teams including the Chicago White Sox and the New York Robins before joining the Oss. When the U.S. entered World War II, Berg was 39 years old, and he decided to put his smarts and skills to use in the war effort — he was an Ivy League grad and has been said to be fluent in as many as 12 languages. With the Oss, »
- Emily Rome
Exclusive: Paul Rudd is set to star in The Catcher Was a Spy, a WWII thriller that Ben Lewin (The Sessions) will direct, with PalmStar Media producing and financing. The script is by Saving Private Ryan scribe Robert Rodat, who adapted the Nicholas Dawidoff bestselling book. PalmStar Media’s Kevin Frakes and Mark Fasano will produce along with Animus Films’ Jim Young and Tatiana Kelly of Serena Films, and Michael Bederman. PalmStar’s Buddy Patrick will Executive… »
Rudd will play Moe Berg, an Ivy League grad and attorney who spoke nine languages and was a not well-regarded player for major baseball teams for fifteen years. He also doubled as a top secret spy for the Oss (a forerunner for the CIA), who helped the U.S. win the race against Germany to build the atomic bomb.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
The Exchange will be selling international rights to the film at the Berlin Film Festival and work with the producers on a domestic sale.
Roe portrays a husband whose wife (Peltz) is stricken with a disease that wipes away her memory. He then desperately tries to give her one last reminder of their love before it’s too late.
“The Sessions” helmer Ben Lewin is directing from a script by Susannah Grant, whose credits include “Erin Brockovich,” “Pocahontas” and “The 5th Wave.” Producers are Mark Amin (“Frida”), Cami Winikoff (“The Prince and Me”) and Scott Lambert (“Paranoia”).
- Dave McNary
Fanning plays .a brilliant young woman with autism who escapes her care home and embarks on a road trip of a lifetime: to enter her script into a Hollywood competition...
Collette will play her caregiver.
Embankment FIlms is handling international sales. »
- Staff Writer
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Unbridled ambition, a ferocious storm, and the limits of human endurance collide at the top of the world in the white-knuckle adventure Everest, coming to Digital HD on December 22, 2015, and 3D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on January 19, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Following a pair of expeditions to the highest point – and most dangerous place – on Earth, Everest captures the brutal majesty of the deadly peak, and the boundless courage required to conquer it, with breathtaking cinematography and spectacular storytelling. Exclusive extras make Everest a can’t-miss, must-own event, bringing viewers behind-the-scenes for a look at the making of the film, as well as astonishing insights about the real-life 1996 summit attempt that inspired it.
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- Movie Geeks
Helen Hunt's daughter paid a very special homage to her famous mom with some temporary body ink. The Sessions star's 11-year-old daughter, Makena, and her close friend got matching henna tattoos showing what appears to be a rough likeness of the actress's face on their arms. Hunt, 52, shared the temporary tats in a Twitter post, captioning, "My daughters got henna tattoos. My life is so good." My daughters got henna tattoos. My life is so good. pic.twitter.com/q60jAjOImt— Helen Hunt (@HelenHunt) January 3, 2016 Hunt only has one daughter, Makena, with her longtime partner, producer-director Matthew Carnahan, so »
- Michael Miller, @write_miller
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